The City of Reno owns a 6-acre parcel of land near downtown railroad tracks.
The land is worth $860,000 and would normally cost thousands of dollars to lease. But in an effort to develop the land, the city is considering giving it to an artists’ collective known as The Generator.
The proposal includes dozens of live-work spaces, gardens and a sculpture up to 5 stories tall.
“It shows how collaboratively we can work as a governmental jurisdiction with a community that is really charged and empowered to go forward and do something good but might not have a ton of resources to do so at first so it allows us to incubate something like this," says Kate Thomas, with the Director of the City’s Office of Budget Management.
The land could be sold to the artists, but Reno has a history of giving city land to non-profits.
The first public meeting to gauge opinions on the project is at Reno City Hall Thursday afternoon.